Pre-Health

Randolph-Macon is justifiably proud of its record in pre-med and pre-dental education. A large majority of Randolph-Macon students who have applied to medical schools have gained admission to their first-choice schools.

Although most students elect to major in biology or chemistry, a science major is not a prerequisite for acceptance into medical school. In fact, outstanding students with diverse backgrounds and interests are often good candidates for programs in medicine. Recent R-MC graduates with majors in EnglishSpanishpsychology, and math have been accepted into medical school. Pre-medical requirements of all medical schools are nearly identical. Requirements at the Medical College of Virginia are typical and include two semesters of biology, general and organic chemistry, physics, and college mathematics; a minimum of 90 semester hours at an accredited college; and completion of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The requirements for most dental schools are nearly identical to those for medical school except that the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is taken instead of the MCAT. R-MC pre-med students pursuing allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medicine have also entered a variety of other health fields, including physical therapy, nursing, health administration, occupational therapy, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary science.

Chemistry students in their lab gear performing a fractional distillation.R-MC’s Pre-med Advisory Committee is a faculty committee that mainly advises pre-medical and pre-dental students as these programs typically require a committee recommendation letter, but the committee will advise students interested in any health science field. Students who wish to pursue medicine or dentistry should contact the Chair of the committee, Dr. Jim Foster, in the first year at R-MC so the committee can assist students in planning their curriculum, provide information about medical careers and preparation for medical schools and entrance examinations, and evaluate the academic and personal qualifications of R-MC students.

You can find more information about the curriculum, preparation, and career opportunities for our pre-med students by visiting the Biology department and Chemistry department web pages, or by contacting Dr. Jim Foster in the Biology department, Dr. Serge Schreiner in the Chemistry department, or the Medical Careers Coordinator Josh Quinn.